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News - February 24, 2012

Around the block

COMMEMORATING GEORGE ... George, the beloved centuries-old Cowper oak, has been cut down after city officials and a consulting arborist determined it was a hazard. The tree had a hollow core large enough to seat a full-grown man inside. But residents and city officials are looking for ways to preserve the tree's legacy. A working group of residents and staff are studying having pieces of George repurposed into benches and other objects for the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo and other locales. The hollow stump might be added to the popular tree-stump garden that already exists at the museum, according to city Planning Arborist Dave Dockter. A memorial is also planned that would include a preserved cross section of the tree, with 12 rings marked with noteworthy events that occurred during George's lifetime.

BIKE THEFTS ... A series of bicycle thefts took place throughout Palo Alto between Feb. 14 and 20, according to police. Approximately eight bikes were snatched, five on Feb. 14 and 15. Palo Alto police are reminding the public to lock up their valuables and keep bikes in locked garages or storage areas.

DONKEY DENTIST ... When someone needed a dentist for their pet donkey recently, Barron Park residents knew where to send them. Neighborhood star donkeys Perry and Niner get their teeth worked on by veterinarian Dr. Gary Hanes at Briarwood Equine Clinic in Woodside, donkey handler Bob Frost said.

SAME OLD, SAME OLD ... The meat salesmen who were featured in a Nov. 15 story in the Weekly appear to be back — this time in Crescent Park. Several residents have reported the men claim to have sold seafood or meat to a neighbor, but on inquiry the neighbor had not purchased any products. Police suggest calling the department at 650-329-2413 to report unwanted solicitors, who are required to have a permit for door-to-door soliciting.

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